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Christmas Granola Recipe

Every year at Christmas time, I try to give something homemade to my "mirror", Steph. Steph and I exchange yummy goodies all year long, so it's becoming a tad difficult to find new treats. This year, however, I decided to make granola from scratch. I've never made it, but this recipe is definitely going on the annual treat making list!  I became hooked on muesli during my first trip to Germany a few years ago. The hotel we were staying in served it for breakfast ...

Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree

Christmas morning is a madhouse ... it certainly was when I was a kid and it still is now that I have a kid ... and dogs! The last thing a mom wants to deal with is breakfast. Okay, at least this mom. Try this easy Christmas tree made from cinnamon rolls to make the morning feeding a little easier! The Davis Cinnamon Roll Tradition   We always had cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. They're easy ... either make them a day ahead or cheat and buy the kind in a can or ...

Banana Cake with Buttery Almonds

My grandma's 1963 Good Housekeeping Cookbook is my cooking bible ... it has been since I received it as a wedding present. I have adapted my favorite banana bread recipe into a moist banana cake. Nearly every woman in my family has received a copy of this cookbook ... not all got the 1963 version, though! I grew up with this cookbook, and I made my first banana bread recipe from this cookbook. Albeit, I am much better at it today than I was at age 11.  Every time I have a few ...

Bacon and Caramelized Onion Marmalade

So ... I jumped on the bacon jam bandwagon ... finally ... and at the request of one of my best friends. He loves bacon. I mean really loves bacon. He kept sending me text messages with recipes of bacon jam. Many text messages that said things like "I just ran across this again," and "this looks interesting." I took the hint and spent a few hours in the kitchen test driving a few bacon marmalade recipes. I wasn't exactly sure what we would use it for ... spread in on crackers? eat it with ...

Chili’s Favorite Hot Chili

  Chili has been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. Every September, as soon as the temperature hit the mid 60s, my dad would whip up a big batch. We'd eat chili all autumn and winter long. We'd feed it to the Pumpkin Patrol and our town's police officers on Halloween Trick-or-Treat night ... always made in the very large fish fryer in the driveway! We went through a lot of chili ... chili pie ... chili mac ... chili and corn bread.  When I fix chili, I ...

Apple Jack Rumtopf in the Midwest

My mom frequently talks about rum pots that the old German women made in the summer months when she was growing up. The traditional German Rumtopf (rum pot) is a concoction of fruit - berries work great - soaked in sugar and rum. The fruit is then used to top ice cream or cakes and the rum is ... well ... consumed. Apparently, in mom's neighborhood, the rum was consumed, then more was poured over the berries ... and repeated all summer long! I like rum, but I like whisky more. I've been ...

Potluck Vegetable Salad Recipe

A simple combination of vegetables, sugar and cider vinegar, this colorful salad recipe is the perfect addition to potluck or picnics.  The recipe was given to me by a close family friend about 10 years ago and it's been a favorite ever since.  It's also healthy ... baring the sugar, I suppose ... but an easy way to get a big dose of vegetables.    I love cider vinegar. I use it for pickles, relishes, sweet and sour green beans, salad dressings, marinades, and anything ...

Date Butter Sandwiches

I love old cookbooks, especially from the 1950s and 1960s ... the decades just before I was born ... the decades devoted to Leave it to Beaver, Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie ... the decades of economic prosperity and back-yard BBQs ... the decades of Tupperware parties and very awesome Pyrex designs. Party food from this era is one of my favorites, and I still use a lot of the old, simplistic recipes when I entertain. Sandwich spreads are one of the easiest things to make ... ...